Monday, December 26, 2016

Greg Lake 1947- 2016

It wasn’t simply Greg Lake’s booming voice that enshrined him among the greatest rock singers of all time.
It was his authority, his ability to play a supporting role in the bands he was a part of, while still maintaining an undeniable presence that placed him front and center no matter what. Although he first came to prominence on that first groundbreaking album by prog rock pioneers King Crimson, his name became forever entwined with those of the supergroup he shared with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer—Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Lake passed away at the beginning of this month, but his a formidable presence remains in his music. 
That powerful voice will certainly be missed and we’ve compiled 10 of his best songs to honor that spirit.

“Affairs of the Heart”

From: ‘Black Moon’ (1992)

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“Affairs of the Heart”

From: ‘Black Moon’ (1992)

Read More: Top 10 Greg Lake Songs |

“Affairs of the Heart”

From: ‘Black Moon’ (1992)

Read More: Top 10 Greg Lake Songs |

“Affairs of the Heart”

From: ‘Black Moon’ (1992)
Emerson, Lake and Palmer

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Affairs of the Heart - Emerson, Lake & Palmer /
From: ‘Black Moon’ (1992)

“Love You Too Much”

From: ‘Greg Lake’ (1981)

Read More: Top 10 Greg Lake Songs |


Love you too much -From Greg Lake (1981)

The Only Way (Hymn) And Infinite Space From: ‘Tarkus’ (1971)Emerson, Lake and Palmer

Emerson, Lake and Powell - Touch and Go /Music by Keith Emerson/Lyrics by Greg Lake

Karn Evil 9 - Emerson, Lake & Palmer /Epic track by Emerson, Lake & Palmer taken from their 1973 album "Brain Salad Surgery'

FROM THE BEGINNING - Emerson, Lake & Palmer 

King Crimson, '21st Century Schizoid Man' live in Hyde Park, 1969


Greg Lake, guitarist with King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, died Wednesday (December 7th, 2017) of cancer at the age of 69... Born in Poole, Dorset, England, he learned to play guitar at age 12 and, in 1969, formed King Crimson with his friend Roger Fripp. The group shot to fame with their classic album, “In The Court Of The Crimson King”, but Greg was gone after their second album (“In The Wake Of Poseidon”) a year later, having been approached by Keith Emerson to form ELP with Carl Palmer. Though primarily an album-oriented band (including the classics “Pictures At An Exhibition” and “Brain Salad Surgery”), they charted four times on the singles charts, as well, with staples like "Lucky Man" (#48-1971  and "From The Beginning" (#39-1972)— with Greg producing most of their material. The group broke up in 1979 (having sold a reported 49 million records and earning 7 gold records) though Greg and Keith re-formed ELP with Cozy Powell in 2010. Greg is also remembered for his anti-Christmas tune “I Believe In Father Christmas” (#95) in 1975... May he R.I.P.





Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

When we want to give expression to a dramatic situation in our lives, we tend to use metaphors of heaviness. We say that something has become a great burden to us. We either bear the burden or fail and go down with it, we struggle with it, win or lose. And Sabina - what had come over her? Nothing. She had left a man because she felt like leaving him. Had he persecuted her? Had he tried to take revenge on her? No. Her drama was a drama not of heaviness but of lightness. What fell to her lot was not the burden, but the unbearable lightness of being.
― Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

17 decembrie 1989

17 decembrie 1989.
Ziua-n care Armata şi-a ciuruit poporul în Timişoara. 
„Am văzut-o pe mama împuşcată în cap. Tata era ghemuit, nimerit în stomac“

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Songs from the Phenomenal Nothing

Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn't something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. Something inside of you. So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn't get in, and walk through it, step by step. There's no sun there, no moon, no direction, no sense of time. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones. That's the kind of sandstorm you need to imagine.

An you really will have to make it through that violent, metaphysical, symbolic storm. No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it might be, make no mistake about it: it will cut through flesh like a thousand razor blades. People will bleed there, and you will bleed too. Hot, red blood. You'll catch that blood in your hands, your own blood and the blood of others.

And once the storm is over you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about.”
― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Monday, December 5, 2016

Pasărea Rock - Baniciu, Kappl & Lipan

Mircea Baniciu, Josef Kappl şi Ovidiu Lipan-Ţăndărică sunt muzicieni prodigioşi care, atunci când se unesc într-un proiect comun, dezlănţuie fiarele din fabule. Ajunşi la vârsta maturităţii artistice, fiecare dintre cei trei are înţelepciunea de a nu se rupe de trecut, ci de a căuta în experienţa comună a tinereţii, puterea şi forţa de a duce mai departe o poveste care a făcut legendă.

Mircea Baniciu este vocea inconfundabilă a Cantafabulelor, Josef Kappl este unul dintre compozitorii de geniu a celui mai titrat album rock românesc al tuturor timpurilor, iar Ovidiu Lipan-Ţăndărică spiritul viu şi energia unui proiect foarte nou şi vechi deopotrivă.
Fiecare dintre cei trei a dezvoltat ample proiecte individuale, însă involuntar şi irezistibil se simt atraşi de "formula" care i-a consacrat.

Pasărea Rock anunță o veste de ultimă oră: cooptarea lui Sorin Voinea la clape, în calitate de colaborator, un muzician desăvârșit și un vechi coleg al lui Mircea Baniciu, cu care a avut nenumărate colaborări și Nicu Patoi.

Mircea Baniciu - solist vocal, chitară *
Josef Kappl - chitară bass, voce *
Ovidiu Lipan - Țăndărică - tobe, percuție *
Sorin Voinea - clape, voce*
Nicu Patoi - chitare*

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